Community Education Provider Networks (CEPNs)
Community Education Provider Networks (CEPNs or Training Hubs) are a new way of developing the primary care workforce in response to today’s health agenda. It works to improve recruitment and retention of GPs and the wider general practice team, and develop innovative solutions to the challenges faced by primary care.
These are intended to give greater control over commissioning, distribution and funding of education and training placements in primary care and the community. Health Education England has a role in planning the future workforce and translating this into commissioning undergraduate and postgraduate training working with Higher Education Institutes (universities and colleges or HEIs) and employers. Health Education England will increasingly work with CEPNs to finance placements in primary and community care and provide advanced training opportunities for existing staff.
Community Education Provider Network is an organisation within an organisation (the host body) typically a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), GP Federation or Out Of Hours Provider (OOP). They connect employers across a locality with HEE and HEIs providing a network with four main responsibilities:
- Workforce Planning
- Training and Education
- Growing your own staff
- Future sustainability
Eleven CEPNs were commissioned in the West Midlands in November 2015 covering a large proportion of the West Midlands with potential to expand all West Midlands CCG areas. Funding will be provided for 3 years with a view to be self-sustainable in year 4.
CEPNs are tasked with encouraging opportunities for employers and health professionals to learn and train together. This is in all areas including clinical, managerial and leadership but also new system transformation across the primary, community and secondary divide to make care seamless and where appropriate, closer to home.
CEPNs across the West Midlands
The following sites have been successful in their bid to establish the CEPN (Training Hubs) these are listed below:
Main Contact: Nikki Marriott
Project Manager: Danny Morris
South Warwickshire GP Ltd
Main Contact:Jon Moll
Coventry and Rugby GP Alliance
Main Contact: Michelle Horn
Main Contact:Simon Rumley
Project Manager: Louise Folkes
Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG
Main Contact:Lisa Maxfield
Project Manager: Leon Mallett
Badger Medical Ltd
Project Manager: Suzanne Owen
South Doc Services Ltd
Main Contact: Dr Jayne Tullett
Future Proof Health
Main Contact:Kevin Dawes
Project Manager: Anthony Skilbeck
Main Contact: Dr Anu Muniyappa
Project Manager: Waheed Saleem
Main Contact:Dr Ian Greaves
Project Manager: Angela Lindsay
Main Contact: Dr Russell Muirehead
Project Manager: Sara Edwards
Of crucial importance is the value of the wider primary care distributed networks supported by CEPNs which can deliver solutions to population and patient needs.
HEE intends to support each locality to optimise local educational possibilities through a locally controlled CEPN.
For further information on: Funding for CEPNs, Governance and Central KPIs please view the CEPN Guidance document.
Find out more about the national training hubs programme and other training hubs’ work through the national page.
Six Thinking Hats for Transformation
The CEPNs met in November to reflect on their first 18 months and begin to agree on next year priorities. Using Six Thinking Hats methodology (E.Bono Penguin Books 2000) the team reflected on the successes to date, the GP Forward View and transformation agenda. The most popular areas for working into projects were: practice management leadership and development, ambassadors for primary care, upskilling health care assistants, telehealth and apprenticeship promotion in schools and primary care careers. Further work will take place to revise these ideas.